I published a piece quite a few years ago that I’m still rather fond of, though nobody else seems to be. Toward the end of it, I analyze King Mosiah’s appeal to the Nephites to put an end to monarchy.
His remarks have often been portrayed as an embarrassingly anachronistic effect of Joseph Smith’s immediately-post-colonial Americanism. Citizens of the new American republic had declared their independence from King George III less than three decades earlier when Joseph was born in 1805, so the abolition of Nephite kingship is all-too-obviously a sign of the political attitudes of the Yankee culture that produced it.
In my essay, though, I read King Mosiah’s remarks quite differently. He seems to me not to be concerned with “democracy,” but, rather, with the welfare of his son’s soul. This is a very, very different argument against monarch. It reflects Mosiah’s care, as a father, for his child.
So, you see, mentioning this article really isn’t such a stretch on Fathers Day.